Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Diffraction Filter

I've been playing with the Diffraction filter in #gimp.

Here's one result with some color and contrast editing.

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This could be fun to experiment with. I suspect merged layers could be a good approach?

Sunday, 25 October 2015

New Connect Color Create issue !

Connect Color Create Issue Two is now on Etsy !

Ten images to complete and color or use as starting points and inspiration.

Come and visit and tell friends about this VERY reasonably priced product!

Wednesday, 21 October 2015



#glyphika #julievaux #digital painting demo,

Two of these images also appear in my ebook Starry Starry Night which now available from #etsy


You can download and use this BG file !
But not the next two!

I created this in #gimp using a random generator and then editing the colors for a dark sky / nebula effect 

N.B. These next two images are copyright 

I next added stars using Supernova 

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A bit too strong ... so back to Supernova adding blue stars with different radii n spoke settings ... and  some contrast too

Not a prefect digital painting and I can think of two or three more edits I could do but a good starter with dark areas for a title possibilities for cropping and more.

I have claimed copyright but feel free to download these for practice files and please consider taking a look at the VERY REASONABLY PRICED BOOK!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Reading is BOOKS and ALSO reading THIS!


Earlier this morning I came across a post on Google plus in which some one was complaining about being boring and reading not being a hobby.

So I've going to bump this but also discuss reading and design!

Just Read on Red bubble

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I find it strange people who websurf claim they don't read because they prefer short posts and images to longer books, e-books or print?

You are reading even if you are web surfing for images because reading is pattern recognition. We call looking at comics and graphic novels reading! 
The earliest scripts like Egyptian hieroglyphs in their oldest form and Chinese Seal script or Sumerian cuneiform were largely pictographic because humans are visually orientated. However most scripts and writing systems evolve towards a mixed form including symbols for sounds or develop a parallel shorthand syllabary or abc  for writing sounds.

Even if you "write" using emojis you read as you perceive them! 

Then there's readability issues. Good design enhances readability. 

Myself I am not a brilliant typographer or calligrapher but I continually experiment to try to achieve a mixture of readability and beauty and being fascinated by scripts calligraphy and typography share things on this glyphika blog and also my jeevee-technozi blog!

So you are reading and maybe you should consider reading longer books too?

It's all patterns images glyphs letters forms READING!

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

New JVartndesign Listing on Etsy

JVartndesign on Etsy

#Etsy Again Yes I have a new listing

Starry Starry Night

Inspirations Instruction Images

There's full color Images to Inspire
Instructions on making stars in Gimp and Inkscape
and several pages with black and white template / patterns you can print out to color in or use for your own crafts!

Please come and visit !

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Stars and Polygons are Related

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This is one of the illustrations diagrams or infographics or whatever you want to call it from a book I'm working on hence the copyright notice.

It needs one or two  final tweaks to the layout  but I hope it shows how and why polygon and star functions are related in #Inkscape?

Hopefully the book will be available from Etsy next week!